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News Archives 2014 Q1


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March 25, 2014 ClCalc.exe (Command Line Calculator) had a minor update.
Version 1.00 used to display its result as expression = result in Standard Output, the new version 1.01 sends expression = to Standard Error, and result to Standard Output.
This makes it easier to capture the result in a batch file: FOR /F %%A IN ('CLCALC expression 2^>NUL') DO SET Result=%%A.
February 28, 2014 KiXtart version 4.64 is available.

Thanks Ruud
February 20, 2014 • The network section of my unattended installations page has been updated.
The part explaining the use of NETSH was originally written for Windows XP with TCP/IP v4 only. Though the technique could still be applied, for current Windows versions it was far too complex, due to the number of protocols and connections.
The new section is much easier!
February 17, 2014 • Denis St-Pierre sent me some updates/corrections for my script editors page.

Thanks Denis
February 7, 2014 BatHL.exe (Batch code HighLighter) has been updated:
  • parenthesis, single quotes, percent signs and exclamation marks are highlighted (though not correctly in redirected commands yet)
  • optional logging of warnings and errors has been added
  • a check for :: inside code blocks has been added (where REM should be used instead)
  • a check for IF EXISTS instead of the correct IF EXIST has been added
The program is still in beta, more options and checks will follow.
February 4, 2014 UpdateCheck.vbs' INI file has been updated: the script now correctly reads the latest version of phpDesigner from the web page.
February 3, 2014 BatHL.exe (Batch code HighLighter) is a tool I wrote to detect some of the most common typos in batch files: unterminated quotes, parenthesis, percent signs and exclamation marks.
It highlights ECHOed text and doublequoted strings, and displays warning messages if any potential errors were found.
It is still in beta. If you want to try it, be my guest...

January 30, 2014 ASCII.exe and Unicode2ASCII.exe are 2 programs that both aim to convert input text to plain ASCII.
I wrote them, amongst others, to get rid of the annoying byte order marks in the C# source code I upload to this site (Notepad for some reason refuses to save them in ASCII).
Which one will work in which case is hard to predict, it depends on the "encoding" of the input text ("standard" Unicode or not, byte order mark missing or not, default codepage, etc.); you may have to try both and compare the results.
January 28, 2014 ODT2PDF.exe is my first attempt at LibreOffice/OpenOffice automation in C#.
It uses UNO to open a LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer document, and save it as PDF.
It requires either LibreOffice or OpenOffice, plus its SDK, and a 32-bit Java runtime.
Tested with LibreOffice and Java 1.7.0_51-b13.
January 24, 2014 NETSHHelp.bat is a simple batch file listing all available NETSH commands for all contexts.
The NETSH page was created using this batch file.
January 16, 2014 • By special request the Basic Hardware Inventory HTA now includes the BIOS serial number in its printout and its export to CSV.
January 15, 2014 • A major update of the Basic Hardware Inventory HTA (Hardware.hta).
The user interface has been improved (less Internet Explorer and more HTA), mouse and keyboard have been added to the inventory, print preview has been fixed and "fast printing" has been added.
The HTA's help screen has also been added as a separate web page for this site.
January 10, 2014 TimeSyncWeb.vbs is a new script that one normally should never need. It synchronizes the computer's system clock with a web server. Replacing the CMOS battery on the motherboard is a much better option — if possible at all...
January 3, 2014 • A minor update of the WMI Code Generator HTA: some errors in the Help screen's HTML code were corrected.
Besides that, I also added the Help screen as a web page to this site.
January 2, 2014 • A major update of the WMI Code Generator HTA (WMIGen.hta).
The user interface has been improved (less Internet Explorer and more HTA), a new command line switch for unattended use /SAVE:"filename" has been added, MSDN Help has been fixed, and more.
January 1, 2014 Mouse in the snow
Happy 2014


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